Trinity ABC’s Macauley Cartwright was in impressive form on the Spire BC bill in Chesterfield last weekend and took a clear decision over home club fighter Luke Phoenix to continue his unbeaten run this season.
Cartwright edged a cagey first round at Chesterfield FC’s Proact Stadium by virtue of a big finish during which powerful punches put the local lad in trouble.
From here on Cartwright dominated the fight and a big combination as he pinned Phoenix on the ropes in the second round produced a standing count.
A big last round, during which the Trinity star landed some big straight lefts from his southpaw stance, sealed a fine performance .
The decision was never in doubt as Cartwright repeated a previous victory but this time more emphatically.
The decision was unanimous, all three judges voting for the Trinity man with scores of 30-27, 30-27 and a very wide but deserved 30-24.
On the same bill, Kyle Hughes made an outstanding effort to claim the Derbyshire ABA Middleweight challenge belt but was just pipped after a tremendous battle with Josh Sears of the promoting club.
Hughes showed tremendous courage and determination in a fight that had the local fans on their feet.
After a careful start by both men the Trinity star made a big finish to the first round and followed this up in the second round with some heavy punches that hurt the Chesterfield southpaw.
A big right hand forced a count but the local lad dug deep and rallied to get himself back in the fight .
The final round saw both men tiring from their exertions but again Hughes produced a big punch that forced another standing count on the Spire boxer.
Both men produced a grandstand finish to roars of approval from the noisy crowd but it was the local man that nicked a split decision.
Two judges went for Sears by 29-28 or two rounds to one, whilst the other judge awarded his vote to Hughes by 30-27 or three rounds to zero .
Trinity coach Scott Rafferty said: “This was a genuine, closely-fought battle for the coveted belt and Kyle was unlucky not to get the verdict but both lads were winners, as was the sport of boxing after such a memorable battle that surely must be a major contender for fight of the season.
“Kyle deserves a re-match after such a valiant effort and, being the sportsman he is, surely Sears will put his belt on the line in what will be an eagerly awaited challenge.”